OUR COMPANY

WHO IS 89 NORTH?

We’re bringing optical engineering know-how from the world’s greatest science labs, and putting it to use in pioneering ways across a wide range of industries.

Science

Fluorescence has facilitated the advance of human-kind’s understanding of the cellular world, developing a host of new tools and techniques which allow us to understand our world at a microscopic level, both at its surface and deep within it.

We, in combination with our parent company Chroma and the multiple European specialist firms we represent, have pioneered many of these tools, which is why we’ve become pre-eminent suppliers and active consultants to the world’s leading research institutions. 

Innovation

We’re now bringing these same transformational tools, techniques, and know-how to a diverse new set of industrial applications, from medical devices to semiconductors to the automotive industry.

We are applying optical engineering technologies, proven in elite research settings worldwide, to traditional industries.  We are transforming the ability of companies to measure, analyze and refine their products with light.

Future

We’re building unique and innovative OEM manufacturing solutions today that will transform a host of industries tomorrow…. and we’re just getting started.

We believe we can help you too. Let’s talk.

THE POWER OF PEOPLE

Pioneering engineering can’t happen without talented people.  And talented people work best when they’re supported by a culture that actively nurtures them.  That’s why we work so hard on this aspect of our company.  We’re honored that our efforts have been validated by earning B Corporation status, and by winning multiple “Best Places to Work” awards.  Won’t you consider working with us?

    • Meet Some of our Leaders

      We have a unique culture at 89 North that deeply values employee inputs and initiatives. That takes a special kind of leadership team, one that’s well versed in not only optical system engineering and applications, but in promoting employee-engaged growth. Collaboration across our organization is key to our success.

    • Newell Lessell

      Chief Executive Officer, Chroma

      Newell has over 25 years of experience in management and management consulting in a diverse range of industries from automotive to food products. He has overall responsibility for the business and ensuring that we meet our business objectives while holding true to our social values. A former professional mechanic, Newell loves to see things running smoothly. When not working Newell enjoys hiking, biking, and struggling to master classical guitar.

    • PATTY SHIRK

      Technical Product Manager

      Patty has recently joined us, bringing 25 years of industry experience in engineering, operations, project management and leadership in the semiconductor industry. She's also a great community booster, serving on the Board of Directors for the American Red Cross (Northern New England Region), speaking regularly at Society of Women Engineers regional and national conferences, and providing mentoring support for a host of STEM professionals.

    • JULIE MARTIN

      VICE PRESIDENT

      Julie is a Mechanical Engineer by trade and has been with 89 North since our inception. She oversees all operational activities and steers our business development, product development, and program management efforts. Outside of work, Julie enjoys working out and can be found enjoying the great outdoors and Vermont's farm-to-table cuisine.

    • Janette Bombardier

      Chief Operating Officer, Chief Technology Officer

      Janette's one part leader, one part force of nature. Formerly an IBMer, she leads our engineering, technical, and manufacturing operations. How talented is she? Well, she was named Vermont Engineer of the Year in 2019. Responsibility finds her wherever she goes.  She serves on the Executive Board of the Vermont Chamber of Commerce, the Executive Committee of the VT State Workforce Investment Board, and is a Trustee of the VT State College System. To relax, she loves gardening, running, and being on the lake.

    • Meet some of our engineers

      Our engineering team has won industry recognition for their award-winning work. Steeped in the field of fluorescence microscopy, our engineers are increasingly deploying their skills across an ever wider field of use cases that range from high content imaging systems to industrial inspection equipment.

    • GLENN WILKINS

      ENGINEERING SUPPORT SPECIALIST

      Glenn is a vital part of our product lifecycle management, quality systems, and ISO certifications processes, including product documentation and internal workflows. He also administers Windchill PLM and CAD Management and creates automated processes. Glenn is a devoted family man, loves home improvement projects, and is always looking to invent that Next Big Thing (no luck yet he says!).

    • SAM STATS

      PRODUCT ENGINEER

      Sam is a jack-of-all trades Engineer. He manages all parts of our LDI product line life cycle, from design, calibration, and production to quality testing and customer support. He's also a core member of our product development team. Outside of work, Sam enjoys being outdoors, cooking, woodworking, and spending time with friends and family.

    • RYAN SAUER

      OPTICAL ENGINEER

      Ryan is a talented Optical Engineer who drives the design, modeling, and prototyping of our optical systems. These optical systems will go on to be key components for upcoming products or may be used for internal tests. When not at work, Ryan loves getting out into nature, spending much of his time hiking and taking photos. Ryan is also a film fanatic, and stays up to date on all the latest films.

    • CHRISTIAN MEDWID

      Systems Engineer

      Christian brings a diverse background that spans mechanical engineering, international business development, and project management. That diversity supports him as he stewards cross-functional solutions across our operations. When not at work, he enjoys all things outdoors including hiking, biking, and landscape-gardening. He's also passionate about traveling the world with his family and interacting with people from various cultures.           

    • Meet some of our technicians

      Our technicians ensure quality control across all of our electro-opto-mechanical products and solutions. We measure tolerances in the nanometers microns in order to ensure we meet and exceed our build quality and delivery commitments and our dedicated technicians are the bedrock of our commitment to quality.

    • GERRY BISSONNETTE

      MANUFACTURING & MATERIALS COORDINATOR

      Gerry is the man behind our Purchasing department and manages all manufacturing inventory. In addition to his organizational and operational expertise, Gerry is an avid mountain biker and a die-hard Red Sox fan.

    • DEREK DESANY

      ASSEMBLY TECHNICIAN

      Derek, part of our optical assembly team, assembles filter wheels that are often used in the automotive industry and other light source devices. Derek's strong attention to detail and focus on efficiency make him a valuable member of this team. When not at work, Derek enjoys weight lifting and playing PC games.

    • TOM LYMAN

      Assembly Technician

      Tom brings a passion to quality workmanship and customer satisfaction. Which serves him well as he works in the production assembly of our optical and mechanical components for light management and light source products. He resides in Chittenden County with his wife and golden retriever. Tom’s hobbies include riding his motorcycle and setting up and reviewing photos taken with his trail camera of local wildlife.

    • TONY COTE

      MANUFACTURING TECHNICIAN

      In addition to building product, Tony provides a vital link in the transition from design to production, informing design aspects as they relate to manufacturability and developing assembly processes. When not in the office, he can be found cooking up a mean BBQ, working in his yard, and playing music with friends.

    • Meet some of our sales team

      Our sales team works with a diverse customer base that includes the world’s most advanced university scientists, medical equipment manufacturers, and even automakers. They have the skills to understand our clients' most complex needs and provide solutions that best fit the situation.

    • CHRIS ANDERSON

      TERRITORY MANAGER

      Chris, an Electrical Engineer, manages sales with distributors, direct sales within the eastern US, and expertly troubleshoots technical assistance with difficult applications. A father of two, Chris enjoys science fiction and has strong opinions about why chunky peanut butter is better than creamy.

    • ANDREA MESSER

      OFFICE MANAGER & INSIDE SALES

      Andrea is the backbone of 89 North and has a hand in all areas of the operational side of the business: shipping, receiving, office management, customer service and product support. Chances are, if you call 89 North, Andrea's voice may be the voice greeting you. Outside of the office, Andrea is a Renaissance woman, referring to herself as a "little bit country, a little bit rock and roll."

    • SCOTT PHILLIPS

      DIRECTOR OF SALES

      Scott's an Arts & Sciences polymath whose career spans cellular microscopy, software development, and even professional ballet. He leads the sales teams and develops new market opportunities for both 89 North and its parent company, Chroma Technologies.

    • BOB TRECROCE

      TERRITORY MANAGER

      Bob provides a crucial link between our sales and tech support teams to our customers. His passion for solving problems is unmatched. His upbeat personality is sure to put a smile on your face if you're fortunate enough to work with him.

OUR VISION, MISSION & VALUES

We believe in the power of individuals — and the firms in which they work — to make a difference in their communities and the broader world.
 
Our vision

Enable and promote innovation to create a healthier, more capable world.

OUR Mission

The objective is to be a world class supplier of high performing, high quality products. We strive to enrich the inquisitive nature of all who work with and for 89 North to contribute to the arc of technology. 

OUR VALUES
  • Commitment to excellence 

  • Trust and respect in all relationships

  • Care for our communities

Social partnership

We partner with organizations who align with our commitment to social responsibility.

Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility

Efficiency Vermont

Vermont Environmental Consortium

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